Senate defends N125bn budget for National Assembly

Senate defends N125bn budget for National Assembly

- The N125 billion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the National Assembly’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year has been justified by the Senate

- Senate spokesman, Adedeyo Adeyeye, said NASS has a lot of staff to cater to, and can’t operate with a small budget

- According to Adeyeye, it is either Nigerians want to have a working and effective National Assembly that is properly funded, or they do not

- The spokesman’s assertion comes just as the Italian parliament voted to reduce the number of legislators in both houses

The N125 billion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the National Assembly’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year has been justified by the Senate.

The Senate’s spokesman, Adedayo Adeyeye, on Thursday, October 10, stated that the National Assembly has a lot of staff to take care of, The Guardian reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Adeyeye said: “The National Assembly has a lot of staff to take care of in both chambers. The number of committees is large too because of the volume of work.

“So, there is no way we can operate with a small budget.”

He added: “The bulk of this money is spent on issues that promote legislative operations. Unfortunately, many people believe that legislators take the largest chunk of the money. Our salaries are open for public scrutiny.

“The truth is: it is either we want to have a working and effective National Assembly that is properly funded or we do not. Running the system in the National Assembly is very expensive.”

Adeyeye, however, failed to provide details on how the money would be spent; stating that he didn’t have the specifics yet.

His assertion comes just as the Italian parliament voted to reduce the number of legislators in both houses.

Down from 315, its Senate will now have 200 lawmakers. Also, the Chamber of Deputies will have 400 as against 630

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the ninth Senate chaired by Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday, October 9, began the debate on the general principles of the appropriation bill of 2020.

This came a day after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the N10.7 trillion as proposed expenditure for 2020 at the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 8.

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